More Re: Antedatings in the Yale Book of Quotations -- 26: Line in the Sand

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Wed Dec 27 11:29:54 UTC 2006

1780 The History of America: By William Robertson (London: W. Strahan, 1780)
vol. 3; 3rd edition; p.11 (g-bks, with high s):

[....] Pizarro drew a line upon the sand with his sword, permitting such as
wished to return home to pass over it, only thirteen of all the daring
in his service had resolution to remain with their commander [superscript 1].

Footnote 1: Herrera dec. 3 lib. x. c. 2, 3. Zarate, lib. i. c. 2. Xerez, 181.
Gomara Hist. c.109.

Stephen Goranson

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